History and Church History

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General Resources and Metasites

Hall of Church History

* * This site contains a large collection of timelines, articles and primary sources from a variety of theological traditions and perspectives, from Eastern Orthodox to Puritan. The site's author seems somewhat biased toward the Calvinist Baptist stream of Christianity, as seen in his disproportionately large collection of Puritan and Baptist sources. This site is particularly valuable as a repository of links to primary sources, especially Reformers (both English and continental) and Richard Hooker.

The Ecole Initiative

* * * A massive compilation of Judæo-Christian and Islamic primary sources to 1500, as well as articles, and religious art. An excellent resource.

Religion Online

* * * Contains links to articles on various historical topics by a number of well-known scholars. Resources here are not always the deepest in any area, but this site covers probably the broadest range of topics found in any Christian resource site and is easy to navigate.

Internet Theology Resources: Medieval Church History

* * Links to primary sources, posted by the College of Saint Benedict at Saint John's University in Minnesota. Mostly early and late medieval, but also some patristic texts. Moderately useful, of particular benefit if you are looking for non-English translations of primary texts.

H-Net, Humanities and Social Sciences Online

* * * * H-Net is an interdisciplinary collaboration of scholars from all over the world; the site is hosted by Michigan State University. The two most useful ways to use this page are likely by browsing the list of discussion networks (which includes, for example, H-Canada, the Canadian History and Studies group, H-Antisemitism, H-Catholic, and H-AmRel, the American Religion group) or, perhaps even better, by doing a keyword search of the discussion logs and web pages linked to this site.

LookSmart's FindArticles

* * This site allows free access to an online archive of several hundred periodicals, some of which, like Christian Century and The Ecumenical Review, are relevant for Church historical or theological research. The database is searchable by keyword, topic, or publication name.

Selected Internet Sites and Electronic Texts

* These links, arranged by subject, are posted as part of Yale University Library's Research Guide for Christianity.

A Gateway to Online Resources Following the Classification Scheme of The Warburg Institute Library

* * * From the University of London's School of Advanced Study, this gateway links to online articles on a wide variety of topics. The religion section is of limited usefulness, but has some helpful links to some Christian primary sources, mainly medieval and some Reformation.

Repositories of Primary Sources

* * * * * A listing of over 5300 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar, from the University of Idaho.

Timelines

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Church History Timeline

* * * * A timeline tracing the major events in Church History from the apostolic age to the present.

Bible History Online

* * * * * The strength of this web site is its large collection of links to biblical history resources, including rabbinic documents and information on biblical archaeology and ancient civilizations, including timelines, charts, and images. It is one of the better amateur resource sites in this area.

Historical Societies and Organizations

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American Society of Church History

* * * * The American Society of Church History is arguably the pre-eminent scholarly organization of academics in the field. The site is of limited benefit if you are not a member, the one notable exception being the excellent annotated list of links to a variety of sites and online journals.

Canadian Society of Church History

* * * A modest site which informs about meetings and papers, but not much more.

Christian History Institute

* * * In addition to a searchable database, this site features thumbnail sketches of the Church, century by century, a listing of 100 key events in Church history (listed chronologically), and a listing of famous individuals by birthdate. This site is designed more for casual use and entertainment than serious study, but has some value for researchers.

Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies

Information about meetings as well as electronic versions of academic papers presented at gatherings sponsored by the Institute.

 

 

Historical Resources by Period

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Early Church

Pre-Christian to 600 (note that dates are very approximate guidelines)

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Early Church

****Following a topical approach, this site hosted by R. Bradshaw provides bibliographical information as well as full-text articles and other online resources.

Bible History Online

* * * * * The strength of this web site is its large collection of links to biblical history resources, including rabbinic documents and information on biblical archaeology and ancient civilizations, including timelines, charts, and images. It is one of the better amateur resource sites in this area.

Biblindex

**** Source for research on the Bible in the early church. Comprises about 4000,000 biblical references that incorporate all the published volumes of Biblia Patristica (which catalogue all the biblical references and allusions in patristic literature). Also included is unpublished references from the archives of the Biblia Patristica on Athanasius, Chrysostom, Theodoret of Cyrus, Procopius of Gaza, and Jerome.

NewAdvent (Church Fathers)

*** Hosts older translations of the 38 volumes of the Ante-Nicene Fathers and The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.

Guide to Early Church Documents

* * * * Though links may be unstable, this is a useful collection of Early Church/patristic sources, including early creeds.

Lexical Encyclopedia Index

**** Hosted by the Franz Joseph Dölger-Institut, this site provides a keyword index (not the lexicon itself) to the Reallexikon für Antike unde Christentum: Sachworterbuch zur Auseinandersetzung des Christentums mit der antiken Welt (11 vols.). Site also has an annotated collection of web resources on late antiquity with guides to ancient texts, translations, bibliographies, and secondary works.

Theology WebSite: Church History Study Helps

* * * * The strength of this listing of Church history articles is its coverage of the Greco-Roman background into which early Christianity was thrust in its first five centuries. The site is maintained by Scott Foutz, PhD student of Systematic Theology at Trinity International University and part-time faculty member at North Park University in Chicago.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

* * * *  Paul Halsall from Fordham University has compiled this list of links to source texts and articles about the Ancient Near East. It is arranged topically and is keyword searchable. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

Early Church Home Page

* * * * This is the web site of the Early Church History course taught by Alan Hayes at Wycliffe College, Toronto.

The Gregory of Nyssa Home Page

* * * In addition to information about and images of Gregory of Nyssa, this page aims to point ultimately to all online English editions of his writings.

Medieval (600-1500)

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Medieval History Sourcebook

* * * * * The outstanding collection is compiled and edited by Paul Halsall of the Fordham University Center for Medieval Studies. It is arranged topically and is also keyword searchable. Please note that this site includes some Reformation sources. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project.

Byzantine and Medieval Studies Links

* * * * * This list of links is arranged topically. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall ofFordham University.

NetSERF: The Internet Connection for Medieval Resources

* * * A Yahoo!-style directory and search database of virtually everything medieval. Maintained by Beau Harbin, a graduate student at the Catholic University of America.

The Labrynth

*** Hosted by Georgeton University, this site has an extensive collection of resources on medieval and Byzantine studies.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

* * * Located at the E. J. Pratt Library at the University of Toronto, the Centre also has considerable research resources and links online, covering the period between 1350 and 1700.

The Orb

**** Has a rich collection of resources on medieval history including encyclopedia, textbook library, e-texts, reference library,  and a useful "What Every Medievalist Should Know" which provides an essential list of key topics.

Reformation and Early Modern/Enlightenment (1500-1750)

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Reformation and Early Modern Christianity

* * * * This is the web site of the course in Reformation and Early Modern Church history taught by Alan Hayes at Wycliffe College, Toronto.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook

* * * * * Halsall's collection spans the Reformation, Early Modern, and Modern periods, covering events from the Reformation to the present. It is arranged topically and is keyword searchable. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Post-Reformation Digital Library

**** This site catalogues all know public domain works with links that access library searches and downloadavble editions. Covers not only the well-known sites (through Google Books and Archive.org), but also the resource of European libraries.

Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

* * * Located on the third floor of the E. J. Pratt Library at the University of Toronto, the Centre also has considerable research resources and links online which cover the period between 1350 and 1700.

Hall of Church History

* * * * See description above under General Resources.

Modern History (1750-present)

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Hall of Church History: The Recent Stalwarts

* * * * Links to sites devoted to prominent Evangelical leaders of the past three centuries.

Historical Resources by Geographical Region

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European History

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Ad Hoc: Resources for Teaching and Research relating to the History of Christianity

* * * Posted by Yale Divinity School, this somewhat disappointing collection of images and texts (mostly images) is also partially restricted to the Yale community. There are a few items of interest, however. User-friendliness is this site's strong suit; the database is searchable and browsable by geographic location, historical era, and object type.

The Labrynth

*** Hosted by Georgeton University, this site has an extensive collection of resources on medieval and Byzantine studies.

Britannia

* * * This commercial site offers a great deal of British historical information, including primary source documents. There are additional resources (maps, photos, pdf files) accessible through a paid membership on the site, but most of the worthwhile information can be had for free.

Internet Modern History Sourcebook: Nazism

* * * * Documents, speeches, and songs from National Socialist Germany, including church reactions and responses. Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall ofFordham University.

British History Online

**** Hosted by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, this site includes resources on "Ecclesiastical and Religious History" which gives access to full-text published resources such as biographical information on the clergy of the Church of England, and monastic and cathedral records.

American History

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Church History-Catholic

* * * * This assortment of links and articles, mainly about Catholic Church history, is posted by Spring Hill College, a Jesuit school in Alabama. It contains selections grouped according to chronology (Early Church; Middle Ages to Present) and geography (Western and Eastern hemspheres). Probably not surprisingly, it contains little information on the Reformation or Protestant denominations, but it does include a good selection of American Catholic diocesan histories.

Women in American History

* * * * This collection of biographical articles is published by Britannica Online, the internet edition of the famous encyclopaedia. The index of articles is cross-listed by name, category, keyword (for browsing only), and state of birth. The collection is not purely of women in Church History, but includes a good assortment of women relevant to American Church History.

BlackandChristian.com

* * * * This site is dedicated to providing a voice for the African-American Christian community. It includes pastoral and historical resources on black churches in America and elsewhere.

African-American History Resource

* * * * An online presentation of the history of the African in America, using documents, folk tales, games, and biographies.

Documenting the American South

* * * * Documenting the American South (DAS) is a collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the first decades of the 20th century. It comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Library. Users can search by keyword or browse the lists of authors and subjects.

American Memory

*** Collection of material from the Library of Congress including images, maps, and documents.

Divining America

** Hosted by the National Humanities Center designed for history teachers with essays by recognized scholars.

Material History of America Project

A database of objects and documents and an electronic journal that focuses on material artifacts pertaining to American religious history.

American Methodist Project

*** Historical materials relating to American Methodism. Includes a digitized version of Encyclopedia of World Methodism.

African History

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography

* * * * This interesting repository of biographical sketches of African Christians, from the ancient Church to the present, is searchable by country (using a map of Africa) as well as by name. The site is maintained by the Overseas Ministries Study Center of New Haven, CT. Also available in French.

Internet African History Sourcebook

* * * * Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall ofFordham University.

BlackandChristian.com

* * * * This site is dedicated to providing a voice for the African-American Christian community. It includes pastoral and historical resources on black churches in America and elsewhere.

Asian and Australian History

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Internet East Asian History Sourcebook

* * * * * Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Korean Christianity

*** Produced by Prof. Sung Deuk Oak of UCLA the site covers all facets of Korean Christianity including art along with guides to original resources including newspapers and diaries.

Internet Indian History Sourcebook

* * * * * Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Watchman Nee and the House Church Movement in China

* * * A biographical essay of the great Chinese Christian leader written by Dennis McCallum, pastor of Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus, OH.

Canadian History and Studies

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Anglicans in Canada

* * * * * Composed by Professor Alan Hayes of Wycliffe College, this site offers a brief history of the Anglican Church in Canada as well as links to many other Canadian Anglican historical links. Alan Hayes is a pre-eminent scholar on Canadian Anglicanism, so this site is a valuable resource.

Library and Archives Canada

* * * * Among other resources, the web site of the National Library and National Archives has bibliographical links on a wide variety of topics, including those of interest for the study of Canadian church history, and also a searchable thesis collection.

Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources

* * * A essay outlining the origins and development of Canadian Studies as a scholarly discipline. The bibliography, which includes a list of internet resources, may prove helpful.

Canadian History and Studies

* * * * This surprisingly large collection of links comes from the Department of History at Tennessee Technical University. It has archival sites, maps, journals, and organizations, as well as government sites and a large set of links on Canadian military history.

H-Canada Discussion Network

* * * This part of the H-Net forum is devoted to Canadian History and Studies.

Canada - Women's History

* * * Links to articles about important women and women's groups in Canadian history, including some political and social activists.

Christianity and Other Religions

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World Christianity

*** Hosted by Yale University, this site has links to existing collections on World Christianity and links to other relevant sites.

Internet Jewish History Sourcebook

* * * * Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Internet Islamic History Sourcebook

* * * *  Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Religion Gateway - Academic Info

* * * * This collection provides some of the more comprehensive access I have seen to sites dealing with issues in Church History from world and comparative religions to Church and state and religious toleration.

The Pluralism Project

* * * * News and resources aimed at promoting engagement of religious diversity, from the Committee on the Study of Religion at Harvard University.

Religious and Sacred Texts

* * * * A collection of texts compiled by David Wiley, a post-doctoral fellow in Instruction Technology at Utah State University.

SocioSite: Sociology of Religion

* * * * A large collection of links to Christian sites and sites representing other religions, as well as general religious resources, from the University of Amsterdam.

Women's History

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Internet Women's History Sourcebook

* * * * * Part of the Internet History Sourcebooks Project by Paul Halsall of Fordham University.

Canada - Women's History

* * * Links to articles about important women and women's groups in Canadian history, including some political and social activists.

Women in American History

* * * * This collection of biographical articles is published by Britannica Online, the internet edition of the famous encyclopaedia. The index of articles is cross-listed by name, category, keyword (for browsing only), and state of birth. The collection is not purely of women in Church History, but includes a good assortment of women relevant to American Church History.

Church History -- Denominational and Religious Web Sites

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Anglican

Anglican Authors
Contains annotated links to websites with information on a variety of Anglican Authors including biographical information, primary works, articles,and archival repositories. Assembled by staff at the John W. Graham Library, Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Anglicans in Canada

* * *  Composed by Professor Alan Hayes of Wycliffe College, this site offers a brief history of the Anglican Church in Canada as well as links to many other Canadian Anglican historical links. Alan Hayes is a pre-eminent scholar on Canadian Anglicanism, so this site is a valuable resource.

The Anglican Domain

* * *  An informational web site about the Anglican/Episcopal church, and mainly geared toward the needs of Anglicans interested in setting up a web site, posted by the Society of Archbishop Justus from New York state.

Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland

**** Online, searchable version of the print version of same edited by J.A. Vickers (Epworth Press, 2003), in an expanded format.

Catholic

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The History of the Modern Church: Resources for Catholic Educators

* * * Primary sources suitable for teaching Catholic Church history.

Church History

* * * * This assortment of links and articles, mainly about Catholic Church history, is posted by Spring Hill College, a Jesuit school in Alabama. It contains selections grouped according to chronology (Early Church; Middle Ages to Present) and geography (Western and Eastern hemspheres). Probably not surprisingly, it contains little information on the Reformation or Protestant denominations, but it does include a good selection of American Catholic diocesan histories.

Guide to Catholic Saints

****This composite site contains a useful assembly of resources on Catholic saints including an alphabetical list, saints lives, saints by date, canonization process, relics, and patron saints.

Orthodox

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

* * * * This official denominational site contains Orthodox lectionary and ecclesiastical calendar resources, but if you click on the "Our Faith" tab, you can also find links to articles relevant to the history of the Greek Orthodox church. Has useful articles about the early ecumenical councils.

Other Protestant Historical Sites

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General Commission on Archives and History:  The United Methodist Church

* * *Information, finding aids, genealogical search facility on the archives and history of the United Methodist Church.

Baptist History Online Resources

* * * *Collection of online resources for Baptist history, including primary sources and publications.

Mennonite Historical Society of Canada

* * * Includes the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopaedia Online.

Westminster Theological Seminary Resource Links

* * A particular strength of this page, in addition to a good collection of general church history links, is a sizable collection of links to Reformed historical and denominational sites.

Billy Graham Center Archives

* * *Hosted by Wheaton College, this site includes searchable online database, oral history, mission archives, evangelism archives, biographies, genealogy

Denominations

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Anglican/Episcopal

Catholic

Lutheran

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Presbyterian

United

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Orthodox

Baptist/Congregational

Mennonite/Anabaptist/Pietist

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Pentecostal/ Charismatic

Other

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Interdenominational/Interfaith/Ecumenical

These organizations are interdenominational, ecumenical, or interfaith:

Denominations of Interest

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These denominations do not generally fit within the confines of orthodox Christianity, but may be of interest:

Non-Christian

Here are links to some non-Christian religious organizations in Canada and elsewhere:

Issues in Church History

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Church-State Relations

The History Guy: Issues: Church and State

* * * Links to sites and organizations which address the relationship between church and state from a variety of perspectives (not all of which are Christian). The list is roughly organized by topic -- not especially user-friendly, but possibly helpful.

Church-State Relations

* * * This article, from the Canadian Mennonite Encyclopaedia Online, examines the theology and history of the topic from an Anabaptist perspective.

Science and Religion

Counterbalance Foundation

* * * * An interactive library featuring new views on science and religion, as well as ethics and philosophy, from a variety of noted scholars and organizations.

Bede's Library -- Reasonable Apologetics

* * * * Original articles about Christianity, science, and philosophy, written by James Hannan, a PhD student in history of science at Cambridge University.

International Society for Science and Religion

* * *  Site promoting education through the support of inter-disciplinary learning and research in the fields of science and religion conducted where possible in an international and multi-faith context..

Sociology of Religion

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SocioSite: Sociology of Religion

* * * * A large collection of links to Christian sites and sites representing other religions, as well as general religious resources, from the University of Amsterdam.mworld religions,